Obama's Internet Initiative & Social Reform in the U.S. & Japan

FREE Corporate Luncheon Panel

With Joshua S. Fouts, Devin T. Stewart

Friday, March 19, 2010 12:00 PM to 02:30 PM



Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can improve productivity and help create internationally competitive businesses. They represent a key to social and organizational reforms. President Obama used ICTs effectively during his presidential campaign. Now in power, his administration makes aggressive use of social networking tools (blogs, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, etc.) to develop stimulus policies and other governmental operations. In this context, ICTs are tools for realizing civic participation and transparent policy-making.

Also important is the vibrant blogosphere where discussions about Internet business models and the future of the media are influencing corporate strategies. A pattern is emerging where corporate and policy decision-making is shaped by open Internet-based discussions. Japan has advanced broadband infrastructure and excellent entertainment services. However, comparable progress in reforming business and society is lacking, a problem the Democratic Party of Japan seems keen to address. Our experts explore the evolving role of ICTs in reforming politics, business, and society in the United States and Japan.


Joshua Fouts, Chief Global Strategist, Dancing Ink Productions

Kazuya Okada, NTT Data Agilenet

Kevin Werbach, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Toshihiro Yoshihara, Visiting Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies


Devin Stewart, Director, Global Policy Innovations, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017


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